Christmas: Christian community prays for peace in Kashmir

Churches hold special Christmas Eve services

Churches across the city held midnight services and holy prayers to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

Tourists from different parts of the country and world joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for peace and brotherhood as well.

Due to cyclone Ockhi that affected several people in the state, the Latin Catholic churches avoided celebrations.

Special cakes were cut and candies were distributed among the devotees.

The Tourism Department in Gulmarg had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished the people of the state on the festive occasion.

"We are disappointed that there was no snowfall on Christmas eve. We hope this one will not be crucified again", he added.

It offers us a break from the worries of the everyday world and a chance to focus on things that really matter - the people we love and the communities we care about. Kashmir belongs to all of us and we live happily together.

Qassemi referred to the "elimination of one of the most reactionary terrorists groups, which was regarded as one the most flagrant manifestations of Wahhabism in the contemporary era", and said "the world next year will undoubtedly be safer and more lovely for all Christians of the world". An impressive number of worshipers attended the Christmas prayers.

For the first time after a gap of 50 years, the church bell rang on Christmas at Moulana Azad road.

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